Is There Anything Better Than Puppies?

Puppy Love

by Neva Cole

A scrapbook layout about puppies, with a hand inked backbround page made with stencils and Walnut Inks decorated with ink and embossed chipboard pieces and many puppy photos by Neva Cole

There is almost nothing better than puppies, and we should know because our family breeds AKC German Shepherd Dogs so we have had a few puppies around to enjoy. There are so many fun stages of puppyhood from the tiny squirmy newborns with tongues too large to fit in their mouths to the confident 8-week-old bundles of wiggly energy. I selected some of my favorite puppy photos to create a scrap book layout.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 2 hours + dry time



Step 1

My photos had multi-colored backgrounds so I created a cardstock pattern paper with Walnut Inks from the Spritzer Workstation. I placed KI Memories Lace Dog Treats over a cream cardstock and spritzed Walnut Ink in Eucalyptus, Terra Cotta, and Walnut then added a touch of Shimmer Spritz in Copper. It is repeated for the second sheet and both are set aside to dry.


Step 2

Chip board from Queen and Co. in the dog themed set is used for both the title and embellishments. The title is first painted with All Purpose Ink in Chocolate using a small paint brush. After the letters are dry they are lightly spritzed with Shimmer Spritz in Copper.


Step 3

The heart and bones are decorated with several techniques. The heart is inked with Delicata in White Shimmer and heat embossed with white Embossing Powder. A bit of irRESISTible in Love Letter is spread over the heart with a cotton swab. The large bones are inked with Delicata in White Shimmer and heat embossed with white Embossing Powder, then irRESISTible in Copper is tapped from the tube end of the spray applicator to create larger droplets of color. The small bone is inked with Delicata in Celestial Copper and heat embossed with clear Embossing Powder. A few spots of irRESISTible Pico in Wedding White are added for additional texture. All are set aside to dry.


Step 4

A strip of vellum is torn with a deckled edge ruler to 2” x 11 ¾“. A dog paw print is stamped in Delicata Celestial Copper and heat embossed with clear Embossing Powder in a pattern that resembles puppy steps.


Step 5

The journaling block is printed on the computer because I had a lot to say about our wonderful puppies. The photos, journal block, and vellum strips are adhered with dry adhesive. The chipboard is adhered with a wet adhesive.


  • KI Memories – Lace Dog Treats
  • Cream cardstock
  • Queen & Co. – Dog themed chipboard
  • Vellum
  • Deckled edge ruler
  • Cotton swab
  • Paint brush
  • Artistic Impressions – dog paw stamp
  • Wet and dry adhesives
  • Printed journal block
  • Photos




Enjoy Underwater Backgrounds with StazOn Studio Glaze

Under the Sea Mixed Media Tag

by Nadine Carlier

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2016 Artist in Residence Nadine Carlier shares how to create an under the sea background using StazOn Studio Glaze on this mixed media tag.

Click on the image below to watch the video on how she did it.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hours + dry time


  • Hero Arts Stamps
  • Creative Embellishments Chipboard
  • Adorn It Alphas
  • Gesso – clear, white
  • Cardstock – cream, kraft
  • Beacon – 3-in-1
  • Hot glue gun
  • Beads & sand
  • Burlap & ribbon

See How Small Things Enhance a Journal

With Great Love

by D’Anne Ward


Sometimes Mother’s Day can be hard if we don’t have a Mother to celebrate it with. But we can all celebrate motherly acts done by others. Here is a mixed media journal page celebrating Mother Theresa. I use an “acrylic & alcohol technique” to create some unique elements on this page.

Skill: Advanced

Time: 1 hour + dry time



Step 1

Apply gold metallic acrylic paint to the page. Let dry.


Step 2

Place a crackle stencil over the page and sponge with StazOn Azure ink. Let dry.


Step 3

Place Mini Bricks stencil at the top of the journal page. Spray with Lilac Walnut ink. Let dry.


Step 4

Place a stencil with small holes on the journal page and sponge Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Set aside to dry. You can be working on the following steps between these first four journal background steps.

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Step 5

Cut four – 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch pieces out of white cardstock. Cut an additional 2 x 3 inch piece and any additional pieces you may want. Place all cut white cardstock pieces on a craft mat. Apply StazOn Blazing Red ink by the direct-to-paper technique which means using your inkpad directly on the paper. Next mix a 50/50 liquid acrylic in Primary Cyan color and water. Apply the mixture to the dry Azure inked base pieces. While the paint mixture is WET drip rubbing alcohol over the wet paint. TIP: complete this step in small batches to ensure the paint doesn’t dry. The image on the bottom is the end results of the ‘Acrylic & Alcohol Technique’.

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Step 6

Arrange the narrow strips in a loose weave pattern. Cut a 3 inch circle out of old music sheet. Sponge the edges with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Fix the circle to the front of the strips, and the 2 x 3 piece over that. TIP: The glittery gold piece is from my scrap pile. When you cut out your music sheet, save the scraps for later use.

Step 7

Stamp sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black onto cream cardstock and punch out with small tag. Apply washi tape to one end of the tag. Sponge the edges with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.


Step 8

Mount the layered piece to the journal page. Mount the sentiment piece as well. I used more of my scrap pile to punch out some butterflies, as well as printing and fussy cutting a larger one for the centerpiece. Shade the main image and journal edges with a Black brush pen. Adhere clear sequins or embellishments of choice to the journal page.


  • Acrylic paint – gold, blue
  • Paintbrush(es)
  • Stencils – crackle, mini brick, dots
  • Water
  • Black brush pen
  • Scrap cardstock – white and/or cream
  • Old music paper
  • Sentiment stamp
  • Scraps
  • Punches – butterfly, tag
  • Washi tape
  • Butterfly print, sequins or other embelishments






Creating A Stained Glass Look

Just A Note

by Nadine Carlier

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See how 2016 Artist in Residence Nadine Carlier created a stained glass effect using vellum, Memento Markers, and Embossing Powder in this video. Such beautiful results with a few easy techniques!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes


  • Unity Stamp Set – Imperfection Is Beauty
  • Rubber Stampede – Just a Note
  • Vellum paper
  • Music note paper
  • Blue cardstock
  • Twine
  • Heat tool

Daddy Don’t Cry – It’s Just a Card 😊

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by Jowilna Notle

Dad’s are strong and sturdy for us when we need them, but we all know they can be big softies. These heartfelt sentiments are sure to have them gushing with love this Father’s Day.

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